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Futures, Inc.

aka FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools   |   Daytona Beach, FL   |  https://futuresvolusia.org

Mission

Mission: We engage business and civic leaders to promote and achieve educational excellence for Volusia County Public Schools. Vision: All Volusia County Public School students are equipped and prepared for college or career success.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Ms. Shimene Shepard

Main address

3750 Olson DR

Daytona Beach, FL 32124 USA

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EIN

59-2560862

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Established in 1985, FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, direct support organization, which provides enrichment & remedial programs and activities in conjunction with the Volusia County Public School District. FUTURES helps to increase business and community involvement in our public schools to steward funding and volunteers for our programs. Many of FUTURES' programs focus on direct impact on student test scores and performance as well as recruitment and retention of staff.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Teacher Mini-Grants

FUTURES provides the opportunity for Volusia County School District teachers to apply for up to two $1,000 grants for specific classroom projects. Grants are funded by corporate sponsors, individuals, charitable foundations and general operating revenues generated by FUTURES. Teachers submit their grant requests through www.FindItFundItFlorida.com/Volusia. Once the grant is deemed curriculum suitable it is then fully or partially funded and/or made available for community viewing for potential funding on the website typically in late September/early October.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

TOMORROW'S LEADERS is a leadership training opportunity for high school juniors presented by FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools. Through a six-month program of highly structured activities, participants become familiar with current issues, community resources, and other factors influencing the direction of Volusia County's future. Participation in TOMORROW'S LEADERS prepares students for constructive leadership and responsible participation in the affairs of Volusia County.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Our Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Program is a college tuition scholarship program for low income, at-risk students who are selected in the 8th grade through an application process. TSIC students are paired with a mentor who meets with them for 30 minutes each week beginning in 9th grade. TSIC scholars must maintain a weighted cumulative GPA of 2.5 & good citizenship. Upon achieving these goals & graduating high school, FUTURES awards a Florida Prepaid college tuition scholarship.

You may assist by mentoring, purchasing scholarships so additional students may be added each year or through a financial investment to assist with our operational costs not covered by other funding sources. The cost of scholarships is dependent on Florida Prepaid tuition rates at the time of purchase. FUTURES participates in the Stanley Tate Project STARS (Scholarship Tuition For At-Risk Students) which provides a dollar for dollar matching grant for the purchase of scholarships.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Extremely poor people
Low-income people
Working poor

FUTURES offers several programs within this category in an effort to assist the Volusia County School District recruit and retain top talent. Programs include a New Teacher Recruitment Reception held the night prior to an all day VCS Job Fair; New Teacher Pre-Service breakfast and lunch; First Year Teacher Awards; Principal of the Year Awards; Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Awards; and Teacher of the Year banquet for more than 900 attendees.

Population(s) Served
Adults

FUTURES has applied for SDEF state matching grant funding from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) which oversees this important legislatively funded program. The SDEF Program in essence doubles the private money raised by schools/departments to fund specific programs in the following categories:
• Tutoring Programs for Low Performing Students
• Literacy

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

As part of Volusia County School’s drop-out prevention program, the FUTURERS Turn Around Program recognizes middle and high school students who have demonstrated a marked improvement in school involvement and citizenship. Our Turn Around Program honors a student at each grade level in each middle and high school who has shown a dramatic achievement in at least two of the following areas:
a. attendance
b. attitude (marked by reduction in numbers of referrals)
c. grades (improvement in grades, not necessarily the highest grades)
d. school involvement (citizenship)

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Where we work

Awards

Jack Schoep Award 2009

VASA

Jack Schoep Award 2022

VASA

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth

Related Program

Take Stock in Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Student are selected in their 8th grade year and are in the program for 9-12th grade. Students inducted represent all public high schools and meet certain program requirements.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Academics

Related Program

Teacher Mini-Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Public school teachers apply for $1,000 grant requests each year. FUTURES typically disburses between $100k-$145k in classroom grants each year.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

• To motivate and encourage creative, innovative educational programs
• To help students prepare for the workforce of tomorrow
• To encourage and grow business and civic involvement with the school system
• To recognize outstanding achievement by students, teachers, and support staff
• To raise the level of public understanding and support of our public school system

Annual review of all programs to ensure effectiveness in meeting the above stated goals.
Timely reporting of program outcomes to Board of Directors for evaluation of program/event.

FUTURES' Board of Directors, comprised of the area's leading business and civic leaders, is very active in the facilitation and oversight of our programs. Dedicated Board Members chair the committee structure which oversees each program and is responsible for oversight/review/evaluation of each program.
Financial oversight of actual results to budget at monthly Board of Directors meetings ensure revenues and expenses are kept within check.
Fundraising from events has been streamlined into one major annual event: the Caribbean Party.

Teacher Mini-Grant Program was taken to an online web portal for the elimination of paper processing which tremendously reduced staff time spent copying and compiling grant requests for a selection committee to review. Teacher feedback on the ease of use for the portal has been extremely positive for www.FindItFundItFlorida.com/Volusia.

Selection into the Tomorrow's Leaders Program continues to be highly coveted by high school juniors. The Take Stock in Children graduated 20 students and inducted 24 new students for the 19-20 school year. Additional students could be accepted if additional scholarship funding was available.

FUTURES would like to expand its endowment program but has been unable to commit staff resources this past year.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Futures, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Cory Domayer

AdventHealth

Term: 2023 - 2026

Michelle Lee

Duke Energy

Dr. Carmen Balgobin

Supt. Volusia County School District

Jamie Haynes

Chairman Volusia County School Board

Dr. Linda Bradley

retired educator

Robert "Bob" Ludlow, Jr.

Truist

Karen Eastman

Florida Health Care Plans

Doug Collins

Cobb Cole

Lauren Burkhalter, CDFA

Morgan Stanley

Dr. Bette Heins

Stetson University

Amy Engel

Disney

Steve Farmer

Brown & Brown

Debbie Tappin

Foundation Risk Partners

Eric Fraine

Giles Electric Company, Inc.

John Guthrie

Halifax Health

Doug Reece

Intracoastal Bank

Dr. Donald "Donnie" May

Daytona State College

Bobby Thigpen

Jon Hall Chevrolet/Ritchey Automotive Group

Linda Webster

Florida Power & Light Company

Brandon Young

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Matthew "Matt" Gillikin

Merrill, a Bank of America Company

Valencia Gallon-Stubbs

Bethune-Cookman University

Luis R. Gracia

Rue & Ziffra

Justine Florez

civic leader

Melinda Dawson

Oil & Vinegar Daytona Beach

Tom Pokorny

Edgeset Marketing

Gwen Checho

LPGA

Peter Begalla

JPB Consulting

Denise Bautista

Barbara Reid

Surf Coast Law

Austin Quinn

NASCAR

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/28/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability